Martinez draws up Euro hit-list

Hugo Rodallega is pictured with fans ahead of Latics' final game of the season
Hugo Rodallega is pictured with fans ahead of Latics' final game of the season
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ROBERTO Martinez has drawn up a list of “half a dozen” potential transfer targets to monitor at Euro2012.

The tournament gets under way today with co-host Poland taking on Greece and Russia locking horns with Czech Republic.

Martinez will be working with ITV as one of their specialist Euro 2012 pundits over the next few weeks.

And Latics chairman Dave Whelan said his media work will allow him to cast his expert eye over possible recruits for next season. The Spaniard wants to bolster his squad with at least four new signings to replace departed players Hugo Rodallega, Chris Kirkland, MoMo Diame, Steve Gohouri and Hendry Thomas.

And given his track record of unearthing gems from relative obscurity – James McCarthy the most notable example – fans will be hoping he has as much success this summer. Whelan says he has already identified six players to look at – and will be on the look out for more.

Whelan told the Evening Post: “Roberto is looking for players.

“He’ll be watching quite a lot of football over there.

“He’s got half a dozen on his list that he wants to look at and he’s always looking at other players.

“He’s always working. He never stops working.”

Martinez is one of ITV’s all-star pundit panel which also includes Patrick Vieira, Roy Keane, Jamie Carragher and Gordon Strachan, with regulars Gareth Southgate and Andy Townsend. They will be based in a specially-constructed studio in Warsaw.

England begin their campaign against France on Monday.

Meanwhile, Whelan has drawn a line under the summer saga which saw Martinez heavily linked with Liverpool.

The Spaniard was interviewed for the Anfield hot-seat before Brendan Rodgers’ appointment. Whelan kept fans – through the media – informed of developments, but was criticised by Reds director Ian Ayre who accused him of creating a ‘sideshow’.

“It’s not worth getting involved in. That’s football,” said Whelan. “Liverpool are happy and I’m delighted we’ve kept Roberto.

“Brendan Rodgers is a great appointment and I wish them all the best.”